High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Direct2D is a 2D and
vector graphics application programming interface (API) designed by
Microsoft and implemented in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2,
and also Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (with Platform
Update installed). Direct2D offers high quality and fast
performance while maintaining interoperability with GDI/GDI+ APIs
and Direct3D/DirectDraw APIs. It can take advantage of hardware
acceleration through compatible graphics cards. Direct2D is a
native code API based on C++ which can be called by managed code
and uses a "lightweight COM" approach just like Direct3D, with
minimal amount of abstraction. However, unlike Direct3D and
similarily to GDI/GDI+ and WPF, Direct2D is an "immediate mode"
rendering API with simple BeginDraw/Draw/EndDraw calls; Direct2D
has no concept of a "scene" and does not use retained tree
structures, and the rendering state is preserved between drawing
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